Thank you to all those who attended last week’s redistricting community meetings last week. ACPS is delighted that so many families took the time to attend the gallery walk and give their feedback on the four options that were on the table at that time.
Redistricting consultant Matthew Cropper has translated and collated the feedback from those two community meetings and has drawn up two more options in addition to options 4,5, and 6 that were available for comment at the community meeting.
Both of the new options, Option 7 and Option 8, address the capacity issues that ACPS is facing over the next few years. While in some previous options some schools are almost at 150 percent capacity, both Options 7 and 8 see live-in utilization rates that remain close to the ideal range of between 90 percent and 110 percent for all schools. Achieving the ideal live-in rate for all school zones will limit the need for capacity reassignments, which currently requires ACPS to bus hundreds of students across the City to schools other than their zoned school.
At the same time, both of the new options retain the diversity that is so much a part of the fabric of Alexandria City. Relieving the capacity issues, while maintaining the diversity in our schools are two of the criteria for redistricting that were approved by the School Board before the process began.
Overarching Goal: Enable students to attend their neighborhood school with equitable access to instructional programs and services, a cost effective manner, unless there is a demonstrated need or desire to attend a designated citywide program.
Additionally, the School Board is open to considering options that allow for school assignment based on enrollment choice versus boundary as a driver-modified open enrollment (to be explored as a possible model with advisement from external third party consultant).
We would like our community to be actively engaged in the redistricting process. Please join us for two more community meetings in November.
- Monday, November 14 – 5:30 p.m., G.W. Middle School Media Center
- Tuesday, November 15 – 7:00 p.m., John Adams Elementary Cafeteria
The options for the new school boundaries will be presented to the School Board in January 2017 for approval. The implementation of the new boundary zones is scheduled for fall 2018.
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